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Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Maintenance orders and plans

180.Section 88 amends section 42(2) of the 2006 Act, which provides powers for local authorities to issue maintenance orders to require owners to prepare a maintenance plan for securing the maintenance of the house to a reasonable standard. The amendment inserts an additional ground on which the local authority may issue a maintenance order, which is where a work notice has been served and no certificate has been issued to confirm that the work required to be carried out by the work notice has been completed.

181.Section 89(3) repeals the provisions in section 61 of 2006 Act which require local authorities to register in the appropriate land register maintenance plans approved or devised under section 46 of the 2006 Act, or varied under section 47, and notices of revocation of a maintenance plan under section 47. Section 89(1) amends section 24(1) of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 to require local authorities to include a record of decisions to approve, devise, vary or revoke maintenance plans in the building standards register.

182.Section 89(2) amends section 47 of the 2006 Act, which allows local authorities to vary or revoke maintenance plans. The amendment allows local authorities to revoke a maintenance plan where the local authority is satisfied that a property factor has been appointed to manage or maintain the premises to which the plan relates. “Property factor” is defined in section 2 of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011.

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